Alexander the Great that Afghanistan “is easy to march into but hard to march out of” BLAMING PAKISTAN FOR A LOST WAR
withdrew from the black hole not because they’d run short of guns and munitions, tanks and aircraft, men and material, but they had gone broke. If modern military wherewithal could win wars, you wouldn’t have had a chance to invade Afghanistan because Russia’s Red Army would have been still around.
It’s another story that yesterday’s mujahedeen are today’s terrorists. It’s not that the freedom fighters of yore have transformed into present-day terrorists and insurgents; it’s just that their enemy has changed places.
A University of California-educated engineer insisted on calling the forces resisting foreign occupation in Afghanistan “terrorists and insurgents.”
When it was argued that the people of a sovereign country had every right to resist foreign occupation of their land, he wouldn’t understand. But asked what would he do if a few bandits barged into his house to dispossess him of it, he replied, “I would pull out my gun…”
It’s precisely the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.
Large Muslim populations furiously oppose foreign occupation of their lands but they are helpless because their governments are beholden to foreign interests.
Dear ally, isn’t it a pity that despite fighting your war on terror for a decade, sacrificing more than thirty thousand lives of innocent men, women, and children, and suffering financial losses worth billions, we now face the wrong end of your guns?
If you messed up in Afghanistan, why should you blame us for it?
If you refused to learn from history and marched into the Afghanistan trap, ignoring what Alexander the Great had cautioned against, we’re hardly to blame for it.
Wars of occupation have their own pitfalls that you should face yourself.
What will ultimately force you to withdraw to your own boundaries is your sinking economy. And it doesn’t make sense to launch wars on borrowed money.
How long is your policy of printing dollars to stave off economic collapse going to last?
Your economy is in a shambles; you don’t produce items of domestic consumption any more. How long will the defence industry alone provide job opportunities to unemployed citizens that now stand one in six Americans?
Surely, you’d continue to have plenty of aircraft and warships, but not many employment opportunities, nor much social security, insurance and health cover for your citizens.
When the Soviets faced economic meltdown at the end of their Afghan adventure in 1989, nobody had imagined it would cause the disintegration of a superpower.
Your plight, dear ally, is not much different from the Soviets at the end of their ten years’ adventure in Afghanistan.
The Soviets, nevertheless, had the integrity not to blame any other country for their follies.
BLAMING PAKISTAN FOR A LOST WAR
It’s awfully hard for the world’s greatest power to admit its high-tech military forces are being beaten in Afghanistan by a bunch of lightly-armed mountain tribesmen.
But that’s what’s happening. Washington is blaming everyone else for the bloody fiasco in Afghanistan, the “Graveyard of Empires.” Right now, the chief whipping boy for US fury is Pakistan, still officially called a “ strategic US ally.”
Last week, outgoing US chief of staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, of being behind recent high profile attacks against US targets in Afghanistan staged by the Haqqani network, one of Taliban’s coalition fighting foreign occupation. The Pentagon accused the Haqqani network of being “a virtual arm” of ISI. Pakistan strongly denied US charges.
The US is reacting with blind rage rather than careful thought. The example of the Soviet 1989 defeat in Afghanistan increasingly haunts Washington.
Ironically, as I saw myself in the 1980’s, the US created the Haqqani network, arming and funding it these “freedom fighters.”
One of the US Senate’s dimmest members, influential Republican Lindsay Graham, threatens US attacks on Pakistan “to defend US troops” from “terrorism.”
That’s pretty rich. The US invades a country, brands any who resist as “terrorists,” then must invade Pakistan to “protect” its invading troops. Meanwhile, the US is paying bankrupt Pakistan $7.5 billion over five years to sustain the war in Afghanistan.
Ever since the days of George W. Bush, US policy in the Muslim world has been driven by a combination of imperial arrogance and profound ignorance.
When the US was preparing to invade Iraq in 2003, I had dinner with three of Bush’s most senior advisors. “Tell us about Iraq, Eric,” they asked. As I spoke of Kurds, Sunnis, assorted Shia, Yazdis, their eyes glazed over.
“Just give us the bottom line,” snapped one Alpha Republican. “The bottom line,” I replied, “is don’t get involved in a messy country you don’t understand at all.”
Well, here we go again with Pakistan. Hardly any senior members of the Obama administration understand complex Pakistan.
But these bulls in South Asia’s china shop are ready to charge in, heedless of the facts.
Threatening war against Pakistan, a nation of 180 million with a tough military is the height of folly. Pakistan controls most of the supply routes essential to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Most Pakistanis now consider the US a bigger enemy than old foe India.
Even crazier, Washington is making warlike threats against nuclear-armed Pakistan, a close ally of China, an important nuclear power. So far, Beijing has been cautious yet firm in its support of old ally, Pakistan.
But US attacks on Pakistan that go beyond the current raids by CIA drones could draw China into a confrontation with the US. China has quietly made clear it will not allow the US to tear apart Pakistan in order to grab Islamabad’s Chinese-aided nuclear arsenal.
More craziness. The US under both Bush and Barack Obama has been trying to get India militarily involved in Afghanistan. But the Indians were too clever to send combat troops into Afghanistan.
Washington then gave India a green light to pour intelligence agents and money into Afghanistan to support the anti-Taliban Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara minorities. The US has greatly aided the buildup of India’s nuclear arsenal – which has only two targets, Pakistan and China.
All this, of course, has set off alarm bells in Islamabad, which sees Afghanistan as its strategic back yard. Russia is also watching this drama with growing unease.
The strategic interests of Pakistan and the US are different, often in conflict. Yet the US “put a gun to our head,” in the words of a former ISI director (confirmed by former President Pervez Musharraf) and forced Pakistan to join the war against Taliban, a close Pakistani ally and strategic asset.
Why should Pakistan forsake its own strategic interests for those of the United States, whose confused, erratic foreign policy is largely run by domestic special interest groups?
A blow-up between Pakistan and its sometime American patron would be a calamity for all concerned. Expanding a war into the intersection of the interests of four nuclear-armed powers is the height of irresponsibility and manic behavior.
Indian Army soldiers accompanied by a senior officer are shooting from point blank an unarmed man in Pulwama district on July 8, 2011. This is the clear evidence of the war crimes committed by Indian soldiers in Kashmir. An unarmed man is clearly seen waving his hand and he can be heard shouting in pain underneath the rubble of the destroyed house. The residential house was bombarded by Indian soldiers using mortars and rockets. This in in clear violation to Geneva Conventions and a war crime to kill a wounded civilian or combatant.
Globally recognised intelligence and forecast STRATFOR has rejected the US Central Intelligence Agency claim that the man killed in Abbottabad’s compound by US Naval SEALs was al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. This was one of the reasons the CIA kept Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in dark.
The STRATFOR says: “The possibility that bin Laden was already dead and in terms of his impact on terrorist operations, he effectively was. That does not mean, however, that he was not an important ideological leader or that he was not someone the United States sought to capture or kill for his role in carrying out the most devastating terrorist attack in the US history.” In its latest intelligence gathering, the STRATFOR claims that
aggressive US intelligence collection efforts have come to fruition, as killing of Osama bin Laden was perhaps the top symbolic goal for the CIA and all those involved in the US covert operations. Indeed, President Obama said during his speech on May 1 that upon entering the office, he had personally instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta that killing the al-Qaeda leader was his top priority. The logistical challenges of catching a single wanted individual with Bin Laden level of resources were substantial and while 10 years, the United States was able to accomplish the objective it set out to do in October 2001.
Because of bin Laden’s communications limitations, since October 2001 when he fled Tora Bora after the US invasion of Afghanistan, he has been relegated to a largely symbolic and ideological role in al-Qaeda. Accordingly, he issued audiotapes on a little more than a yearly basis, whereas before 2007 he was able to issue videotapes.
The growing infrequency and decreasing quality of his recorded messages was the most notable when al-Qaeda did not release a message marking the anniversary of 9/11 in September 2010 but later followed up with a tape on January 21, 2011.
The bottom line is that from an operational point of view, the threat posed by al-Qaeda – and the wider jihadist movement – is no different operationally after his death.
“The killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden represents possibly the biggest clandestine operations success for the United States since the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003,” it claimed.
The confirmation of his death is an emotional victory for the United States and could have wider effects on the geopolitics of the region, but bin Laden’s death is irrelevant for al-Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement from an operational perspective.
The operation that led to bin Laden’s death at a compound deep in Pakistan is among the most significant operational successes for the US intelligence in the past decade.
An important local source told this scribe: “If it was not the case why all the evidences leading to the confirmation of Laden’s death were eliminated. His was never subjected to postmortem. Neither the DNA was collected nor it was matched.”
Another important source conceded: “How come one of the wives of bin Laden, Hamal, who remained in the custody of Iranian Intelligence and hidden mole of US intelligence community made her way to Abbottabad. Hamal never appeared in public.”
“Hamal has deep US connections. When she traveled from Iran to Pakistan her movements were under watch and the watchers had decided Hamal to end her journey in Abbottabad”, the sources added.
Senior intelligence analysts in Islamabad argue: “A three trillion worth manhunt concluded very discreetly. Dead body of the ‘man killed” by SEALs had no media mention as was done by the US authorities in case of Iraq’s President Saddam.”
After receiving this vital information, this scribe phoned a senior Pakistani journalist in Washington DC early Thursday. He did not rule out latest findings on this subject saying: “Why the CIA was in hurry to remove all possible evidences of the bin Laden’s killing who dominated world politics for over a decade?”
The Washinton-based journalist termed the crash of US Army’s Chinook helicopter and killings of over 36 US Naval SEALs as a part of the effort to finish left over evidence which could lead to facts of May 2 US action in Abbottabad.”
The STRATFOR further states the primary threat is now posed by al-Qaeda franchise which can attempt to stage an attack in the United States or elsewhere in retribution for bin Laden’s death, but they do not have training or capabilities for high-casualty transnational attacks.
Pakistan’s former spymaster Lt Gen (r) Hamid Gul told TheNation they never challenged credence of the STRATFOR. “I agree with the latest intelligence gathering about May 2 operation’s follow up. This remains one of the reasons the CIA never informed its Pakistan counterpart ISI when it decided to kill a fake bin Laden”, he said.
Source: The Nation
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is pleased to announce the launch of the Remember Building 7 10th Anniversary Campaign – the most aggressive awareness campaign yet. This season we are accelerating our strategic partnership with RememberBuilding7.org in order to make this 10th Anniversary a vital turning point in the pursuit of a new 9/11 investigation.
The riots in London have spread into neighbor suburbs tonight as reports emerge that peaceful protests turned violent after Police started beating a 16 year girl. Evidence has also emerged that police lied about the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of the
man which sparked the initial protests.
Eye witness: “Land of coward police is standing by doing nothing only asking business to close early and stay at home the only areas affected are black guys communities very few criminals out looting shops I have witness some scenes there was about 10/15 teenagers breaking shops windows and about 200 to 300 people just watching them there was plenty of police around just recording every thing on cameras”
One journalist wrote that he was surprised how many people in Tottenham knew of and were critical of the IPCC, but there should be nothing surprising about this. When you look at the figures for deaths in police custody (at least 333 since 1998 and not a single conviction of any police officer for any of them), then the IPCC and the courts are seen by many, quite reasonably, to be protecting the police rather than the people.
Banker puppet govt + police brutality + betrayed youth = London riots
The Zionist bankers are behind the riots & anarchy in London! The government policies are controlled by Bankers & under the backdrop of global economic crash, bankers are creating this anarchy to make tighter anti-terrorist laws to check further violence when banks collapse and people try to lynch the bankers for their money!
An independent investigation into the cause of the London riots reveals police planted a bullet and lied about the murder the man that sparked protests that turned into rioting across England.(skynews)
London riots: BBC criticised for branding thugs as ‘protesters’The BBC was criticised for its political correctness last night after continually referring to the yobs rioting across London as “protesters”.(Telegraph)
Claims that the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were orchestrated by US intelligence agencies are “complete nonsense,” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told attendees of a youth forum.
“This is complete nonsense, it is impossible,” Putin said on Monday, responding to a question posed by an attendee of the Seliger 2011 youth forum.
“To imagine that US intelligence services did it deliberately, with their own hands, is complete nonsense,” the prime minister said. “Only people who do not understand the workings of security agencies can say that. It would be impossible to
Putin added that he could not imagine how “any of the current or former US leaders could have such an idea.” Readmore…
Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, Calls U.S. Parasite On The Global Economy
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Monday of living beyond its means “like a parasite” on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets. “They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy,” Readmore…
China’s Dagong Cuts U.S. Credit Rating to Same Level as Russia
China’s Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. cut the U.S.’s sovereign rating one level to A, on par with Russia and South Africa, saying yesterday’s agreement to raise the debt ceiling will precipitate a crisis in the nation. Readmore…
US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney said American Government Assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK, Malcolm X…
US Congresswoman In Iran Says U.S. Government Responsible For Domestic Assassinations, Most Violent On Planet & Lead by Misguided Men At UN Supported Conference on Global Fight Against Terrorism.
According to a Memphis jury’s verdict on December 8, 1999, in the wrongful death lawsuit of the King family versus Loyd Jowers “and other unknown co-conspirators,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government. Almost 32 years after King’s murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, a court extended the circle of responsibility for the assassination beyond the late scapegoat James Earl Ray to the United States government.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream today!”
Begging for his life: Chilling image of terrified teenager pleading for mercy from Anders Behring Breivik killer standing astride bodies.The 32-year-old man killed at least 91 people in Norway bought six tons of fertilizer before the massacres, the supplier said Saturday as police investigated witness accounts of a second shooter.(Dailymail)
Height of Hypocrisy is that, Had the person who killed 90+ people in Norway been a Muslim, the world media would have declared him a “terrorist” and linked him to Pakistan. But he is just an ‘Assailant ‘, ‘Attacker’ (Reuters), ‘Gunman’ (BBC, CNN & Al Jazeera). It appears that the word ‘terrorist’ is a name reserved for Muslims. Right after the incident, it was observed that #BlameTheMuslims was trending on twitter.. Some one started it blaming Muslims for Anders Behring Breivik’s killing . But later it turned into an opinion of many people who said “Muslim Shouldn’t b blamed for everything”. Many had to say it was ‘Discrimination’ , ‘It shouldn’t be trending’ etc . But the question remain the same.. why blaming Muslims?
The US Dept of State calls it an ‘Act of Violence’, Not an ‘Act of Terrorism’.
This leaves me and many other out their in suspicion that we are not being treated equally human.. Why is that if Muslims are involved, they are declared as TERRORIST without a hesitation where as this guy isn’t..
I wonder why the hypocrisy..?!
Or is it just prejudice against Muslims?
May be, not labeling him as terrorist is a part of plan to make people believe that he did all this for a purpose? creating a soft corner for him so he could be given a safe passage?(pakistanzindabad)
Less than two days after the fact, everybody knows who carried out the shocking massacre that took place in Norway onFriday: Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian driven by extremist right-wing ideology. But before Breivik’s apprehension, the local and international media alluded to an extremist Islamists link for the double attack on Oslo and Utoya island — triggering the rage of many Arabs and Muslims worldwide.
New York Times Caught Publishing CIA Propaganda On Norway AttackAn American investigative blogger uncovers how the New York Times tried to link the Norway attack to a Muslim group that doesn’t exist and then how it quietly pulled the story later from its online edition, without offering an apology. Alexander Higgins, also uncovers how two other news outlets, one American and the other British, continued to demonize Muslims hours after a Christian extremist was arrested.In the first few hours after a Christian terrorist killed tens of Norwegians, the New York Times published a report claiming an unknown Muslim group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Aalami [Supporters of Global Jihad] has claimed responsibility for the attack.(alexanderhiggins)
CIA ,m16 to commit acts of terrorism in US cities and elsewhere in order to influence public opinion and have been used by many Western governments over these past five decades.
Fox News“There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” Glenn Beck, Fox News host Glenn Beck Glenn Beck likens Norwegian dead to Hitler youth
Al Jazeera Anders Behring Breivik, Mohammed Atta and Baruch Goldstein are all cut from the same rotten cloth. Anwar Al-Awlaki and Glenn Beck — the peddlers of the faith — all share the same core afflictions. (Al jazeera)
NORWAY – INSIDE JOB Norway joined NATO in suppressing reports of civilian Afghan deaths
- NORWAY ATTACKS – INSIDE JOB – SUSPECT ANDERS BREIVIK